Troy High School student tests positive for Tuberculosis
WXYZ.com Web Staff
3:24 PM, Apr 19, 2013
4:03 AM, Apr 20, 2013
TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a Troy High School student has tested positive for tuberculosis.
School officials and the Oakland County Health Division are working together to identify students who may have come in contact with the student who tested positive. They may also need to be tested.
"We want to assure members of the Troy High School community that Oakland County Health Division will conduct the necessary tests to determine whether there are any additional cases," said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of the Health Division. "If any additional cases are identified, the Health Division will follow-up with that individual on the appropriate course of treatment."
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through close exposure to droplets from coughing or sneezing. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body.
Symptoms include: Coughing up blood or sputum; weakness or fatigue; weight loss; no appetite; pain in the chest; a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer; sweating at night; and chills/fever.
People who are infected with TB can be treated.
The Oakland County Health Department has sent up a hotline for questions about the case. You can reach it by calling 1 (800) 848-5533.